Homeland Bosses Answer Finale Questions: Will Brody Be Back?
Claire Danes, Damian Lewis | Photo Credits: Kent Smith/Showtime
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
Have Homeland fans seen the last of Marine-turned-terrorist Nicholas Brody?
Homeland finale burning questions: Bye bye Brody?
Although Brody (Damian Lewis) didn't die in Sunday's Season 2 finale, he was seemingly framed by his former terrorist pals, who used his car to kill more than 200 people at the CIA's memorial tribute for the deceased Vice President. Brody was last seen leaving his CIA agent/lover Carrie (Claire Danes) in the woods as he headed for the Canadian border and beyond.
So, is fugitive Brody gone for good? And will the show continue to explore the family he left behind? Co-creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, who say they've only had a couple meetings to discuss the narrative skeleton of Season 3, haven't quite made up their minds yet.
"They're all open questions for us," Gansa told reporters. "We had a much clearer picture of what the first two seasons would be than we do of what the third season would be.... Damian's involvement and Brody's family is very much up in the air."
However, the producers, who admitted they again toyed with the idea of killing Brody off around Episode 7 or 8, suggest that Brody will definitely come back at some point — the question they're wrestling with is when.
"It's a nice idea hanging over the next season possibly: Where is Brody? What is he doing?" Gansa said. "I do think that there is value in the fact that he's still alive and in the world somewhere, even if he doesn't make an appearance in Season 3. And I'm not suggesting that's going to happen. Even if he doesn't show up, the fact that he's still alive would mean something to Carrie and I think that's important."
But Gordon made it clear that the decision to keep Brody haunting the show was not just in response to huge ratings and Lewis' Emmy win earlier this year. "Obviously, you can't let the tail wag the dog," Gordon said. "All the awards in the world won't give rise to a character or a story that's either run its course or had whatever shelf life it has. I think as tempting as it is... you can't let all the awards and acclaim — and Damian's brilliance — dictate the story in terms of where it needs to go."
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Should Carrie — or the audience — believe Brody was a pawn in Nazir's attack? "A lot of people have told me that they still have a glimmer of doubt about Brody, and if you watch his behavior through the finale, there are moments where it's a little uncertain as to whether or not he may or may not have been responsible," Gansa says. "But don't forget he was willing to blow himself up in the first season. This very well may have been a suicide play [that Carrie foiled]."
Or is the mole still in play? Although the producers were tight-lipped about who the mole is (if one exists at all), Gansa did posit that the mole provides one possible explanation for how Brody's car was moved moments before the bomb exploded. "The investigators [may] believe that Brody was actually possibly in that car when it exploded," Gansa said. "Also, we do have our ever-present mole who also might have been responsible for moving the car. Those are the possibilities that are running around in our heads."